June 18, 2006

Brazil 2, Australia 0: The tournament favorites struggled at times against the surprisingly game Socceroos, but scored twice in the second half, including the first World Cup goal by someone whose entire name is "Fred". Ronaldo again looked shaky, a prematurely-aged has- been at 29. Thanks to security, there is apparently a dearth of something that has always marked Brazil games: samba drums. It takes away a lot of the color and atmosphere, but it does assure the paying customers safety from the threat of terrorists bringing dirty bombs into the stadium via percussion instruments.

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